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[1]     ( rights    3rd person present)   ( righting    present participle)   ( righted    past tense & past participle  )   (CORRECT, APPROPRIATE, OR ACCEPTABLE)  
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1       adj   If something is right, it is correct and agrees with the facts.   (=correct)     (Antonym: wrong)    That's absolutely right..., Clocks never told the right time..., The barman tells me you saw Ann on Tuesday morning. Is that right?     
      Right is also an adverb., adv   ADV after v  
He guessed right about some things.     
  rightly      adv   ADV after v  
She attended one meeting only, if I remember rightly.     
2       adj   If you do something in the right way or in the right place, you do it as or where it should be done or was planned to be done.  
usu ADJ n   (=correct)     (Antonym: wrong)    Walking, done in the right way, is a form of aerobic exercise..., The chocolate is then melted down to exactly the right temperature.     
      Right is also an adverb., adv   ADV after v   (=correctly)  
To make sure I did everything right, I bought a fat instruction book.     
3       adj   If you say that someone is seen in all theright places or knows all theright people, you mean that they go to places which are socially acceptable or know people who are socially acceptable.  
usu ADJ n     (Antonym: wrong)    He was always to be seen in the right places...     
4       adj   If someone is rightabout something, they are correct in what they say or think about it.,   (Antonym: wrong)    Ron has been right about the result of every General Election but one...     
  rightly      adv  
He rightly assumed that the boy was hiding.     
5       adj   If something such as a choice, action, or decision is the right one, it is the best or most suitable one.,   (Antonym: wrong)    She'd made the right choice in leaving New York..., The right decision was made, but probably for the wrong reasons...     
  rightly      adv   ADV with v  
She hoped she'd decided rightly.     
6       adj   If something is notright, there is something unsatisfactory about the situation or thing that you are talking about.  
v-link ADJ, with brd-neg     (Antonym: wrong)    Ratatouille doesn't taste right with any other oil...     
7       adj   If you think that someone was rightto do something, you think that there were good moral reasons why they did it.  
v-link ADJ, usu ADJ to-inf     (Antonym: wrong)    You were right to do what you did, under the circumstances...     
  rightly      adv   ADV before v, ADV with cl  
The crowd screamed for a penalty but the referee rightly ignored them...     
8       adj   Right is used to refer to activities or actions that are considered to be morally good and acceptable.  
v-link ADJ, oft with brd-neg     (Antonym: wrong)    It's not right, leaving her like this...     
      Right is also a noun., n-uncount  
At least he knew right from wrong.     
  rightness      n-uncount   usu N of n  
Many people have very strong opinions about the rightness or wrongness of abortion.     
9       verb   If you right something or if it rightsitself, it returns to its normal or correct state, after being in an undesirable state.  
They recognise the urgency of righting the economy...      V n  
Your eyesight rights itself very quickly.      V pron-refl  
10       verb   If you right a wrong, you do something to make up for a mistake or something bad that you did in the past.   (=rectify)  
We've made progress in righting the wrongs of the past...      V n  
11       verb   If you right something that has fallen or rolled over, or if it rightsitself, it returns to its normal upright position.  
He righted the yacht and continued the race...      V n  
The helicopter turned at an awful angle before righting itself.      V pron-refl  
12       adj   The right side of a material is the side that is intended to be seen and that faces outwards when it is made into something.  
ADJ n     (Antonym: wrong)   
13    If you say that things are going right, you mean that your life or a situation is developing as you intended or expected and you are pleased with it.  
to go right      phrase   V inflects  
I can't think of anything in my life that's going right...     
14    If someone has behaved in a way which is morally or legally right, you can say that they are in the right. You usually use this expression when the person is involved in an argument or dispute.  
in the right      phrase   usu v-link PHR     (Antonym: in the wrong)    She wasn't entirely in the right...     
15    If you put something right, you correct something that was wrong or that was causing problems.  
to put sth right      phrase   V inflects  
We've discovered what's gone wrong and are going to put it right.     
16   
    heart in the right place  
    heart  
    it serves you right  
    serve  
    on the right side of  
    side  
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v.
be exactly right
[Fam.] Ex.: Her guess was right on the money.
n.
an Internet business which has failed
id.
expression referring to the belief that those who hold the power are entitled to anything
det.
Legal exclusive right of a person in pure virtual property which he can dispose of with its free will.
[Tech.];[Leg.] Legal exclusive right of a person in pure virtual property which he can dispose of with its free will.
adj.
all right; runing smoothly
[Slang];[UK] Everything is tickety-boo with building our new house; soon we will move in.
adj.
all right; good, OK, satisfactory
informal
exp.
not right; out of order; not functioning properly
adv.
very quickly; right now; in a big hurry
[UK][Slang] You should get out quick sticks if you don't want him to see you.
n.
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n.
The state of being acceptable or officially true; the statement that is powerful to convince someone something is right.
n.
right granted to a general assembly to give an opinion on the salaries and bonuses of top managers
[Bus.]
n.
a person paid by the state to work in the interests of the nation who considers it to be a ‘right’ to be able abuse his or her authority to ensure personal gain for himself or herself at the expense of the nation…
neologism ... created on some blog
exp.
A set of virtual assets or value in cyberspace left behind after one’s death fall on legal successors as right.
[Tech.]
n.
rules concerning what people are owed to or allowed of, according to ethical principles of freedom and applied in society
n.
an activist fighting for civil rights
n.
proprietary rights over virtual assets
[Tech.]
n.
(in neomarxist thought) the third main exploitive social class: The bourgeoisie of innovation. The members of the innovoisie have usually human innovating capital. They receive (as individuals) copyrights or patent rights and consume more than the world GDP. (neologism 1996 Yanick Toutain)
exp.
The rights of ownership and power for transference of one’s web assets belong to the individual.
[Tech.]
exp.
A set of collection of one’s internet assets or value gathered in order to assist transfer of online rights.
[Tech.]
n.
UNO, United Nations, UN. abbr. The United Nations is an international organization whose stated aims include promoting and facilitating cooperation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress, human rights, ... UN.org en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UN

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